The bucket list

1998 brochure clip

Have you seen The Bucket List? It was a really popular movie back in 2007 and popularized the term “bucket list.” It’s a funny but ultimately sad story about making the most out of life. Of course, this comes with the understanding that end-of-life is inevitable. And that leads me to this story about our original…

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Splashin’ Safari surprised us all!

It’s Splashin’ Safari’s birthday! Our water park opened on May 29, 1993. It was much smaller back then. In fact, our news release announced it would be a five-year project, costing $3 million. Boy, were we wrong! Here’s an article from The Herald, from back on October 30, 1992: What? SplashWater Safari? Yes, that was…

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Sweepstakes: Splashin’ Family Getaway

Mammoth drop

Congratulations to Allison A. from Nashville, Tennessee, who is our winner! Thanks to all who entered – watch for another sweepstakes coming up soon! —– We all like to win, right? Here’s your opportunity to win four tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari plus two overnights in a Holiday Cottage* at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV…

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The year in photos

The Wave Throwback Photo

As we look back at our five most-liked photos from Instagram this year, one thing becomes apparent: our fans enjoy #throwback photos. Just like last year, a HoliDrone shot makes an appearance on the list. Also, we celebrated Splashin’ Safari’s 25th season with both recent and archive pictures. Here’s the 2018 Countdown: Number 5: A…

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Podcast: Weather Warrior

Ron Rhodes holding a photo of Marcia Yockey

We had an early morning, with Eyewitness News Meteorologist Ron Rhodes alternately presenting a fantastic forecast and challenging Matt to silly competitions. You know, like this: Afterwards, we asked Ron to join us on our podcast: Ron’s a local guy and grew up watching the late Marcia Yockey forecast the weather. We had a surprise…

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Making the grade

ZOOMbabwe

Does the word “test” still make your blood run cold, even though you’ve been out of school for weeks, years, or (like me) decades? Here’s one better: audit. Well, our lifeguards just got the results of their first third-party safety audit of the season … … and they received an A+! We’ll have a full…

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Podcast: ProSlide CEO

Will Koch & Rick Hunter

We crossed the border this episode. A quick call to Ottowa (Ontario, Canada) and the CEO of ProSlide joined us for a fun chat about snow skiing, water coasters, and the passion to create. Here’s that photo I took of Rick Hunter and Will Koch right after Wildebeest opened. Two brilliant businessmen who never lost…

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Some assembly required

Tembo Falls Being Assembled

Think of Tembo Falls as a REALLY big toy construction set. First, pieces of fiberglass are delivered to us and then we assemble them on site. There’s still work to do before the slides are moved into place next to Kima Bay, but for now we’re combining the smaller pieces into larger pieces. I took a…

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Daddy downpour

This photo makes me smile … Water park fun at @HolidayWorld #bobthebearder #beard #beards #bearded #noshaveever #noshavelife pic.twitter.com/SuvDYyqWer — Bobthebearder (@thunderhead1930) June 25, 2017

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A drone’s-eye view

Everyone should see an empty wave pool in action at least once. Because it’s just so pretty. The sun sparkling off the crystal-clear waves … it’s incredibly peaceful. And so, courtesy of our drone (and Stephen, our pilot), here’s the view from way up high: A drone’s-eye view of our Bahari wave pool early this…

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Celebration Sweepstakes!

Congratulations to our winner, Brooke M. from Henderson, Kentucky! And thanks to all who entered! —– Did you hear the news? USA Today just named our Splashin’ Safari the #1 Water Park in the Nation! Let’s celebrate with a sweepstakes! Who wants to win four one-day park tickets plus two overnights in a Holiday Cottage…

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Win a pair of tickets!

Congratulations to our three winners! Peggy O., Elizabeth, Indiana Amber S., Dawn P., Mt. Washington, Kentucky Thanks to everyone who entered! ——- Everybody likes to win, right? Here’s your opportunity to win a pair of tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari (we’ll pick three winners at random). We like to win, too. Over the next…

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